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Diabetes Cases Increase

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Today’s Medical News From Newspapers, TV, Radio and the Journals. Prepared exclusively for members of American Medical Association In affiliation with US News and World Report. Customized Briefing for Dr. Jarir Nakouzi.

Leading the News Data indicate rate of new diabetes cases in the U.S. nearly doubled between 1995 and 2007. The CBS Evening News (10/30, story 6, :20, Couric) reported that, on Thursday, the government announced “a big jump in diabetes, especially type 2, the kind linked to obesity.”

Bloomberg News (10/31, Randall) reports, “New cases of diabetes almost doubled over 10 years in the U.S., a trend worsened by high rates of obesity and inactivity in the South,” according to a study published Oct. 31 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The data showed that “the U.S. rate of diabetes increased to 9.1 cases for every 1,000 people in 2005-2007 from 4.8 in 1995-1997.” Notably, “states with the highest rates, adjusted for age, were mostly in the South: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Minnesota had the fewest cases, with five of every 1,000 people, and West Virginia had the most, with 13. The report didn’t explore why the rate varied.”

HealthDay (10/30, Reinberg) noted that “an estimated 23.6 million American adults and children have diabetes, but almost one-quarter of them are unaware they have the disease.” According to David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Yale University School of Medicine’sPrevention Research Center, “reversing the obesity epidemic is key to cutting the rate of type 2 diabetes.” He added, “We have known for some time that type 2 diabetes is a worsening epidemic in the United States and much of the world. … We now have evidence that the rate at which new cases of diabetes are developing is also increasing.” Dr. Katz also pointed out that these findings “could have frightening implications for future generations of Americans,” because “with the entire adult population of the United States projected to be overweight or obese by 2048, should current trends persist, diabetes is a clear and present danger to us all. That threat will persist and worsen, until we resolve to turn back the tide of epidemic obesity.” MedPage Today (10/30, Gever), WebMD (10/30, DeNoon), and the Chicago Tribune (10/30, Graham) Triage blog also covered the story.  Public Health Group says U.S. should use health IT to combat risk of infectious diseases.

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